12 Jul Bouin: signs the first RP of Iron Curtain
Seb Bouin made the first repeat of Iron Curtain, 9b.
Among all the crags in the world, some stand out particularly for various reasons. Historicity, landscape, beauty of the rock… Flatanger is certainly one of them. The cave is immersed in a breathtaking view typical of northern Europe. The quality of the routes is absolute, like the beauty of the rock and the uniqueness of the itineraries. The fame of being a place where “big children play” contributes to making the place even more mythical.
Like several top climbers, Seb Bouin also took the annual trip to Flatanger, eager to compete with mine created by Adam Ondra. Right here the Czech has in fact given vent to his inspiration, closing masterpieces and milestones in the history of climbing. Seb turned his attention to a particularly hard shot, which had still remained unrepeatable since 2012: Iron Curtain.
Seb invested a lot of energy to climb it and made use of the famous knee pad, a tool that has now become very famous. Adam Ondra originally graded pitch 9b, but climbing it without the aid of a rubber knee brace. According to Seb, a slight downgrade to 9a+ would be appropriate, thanks to the ease that the knee pad gives in some sections of the route, slightly lowering the overall difficulty.
From Seb Bouin